CGA receives backing for the legalization of single-game sports betting

Published by Daniel on October 16, 2019 in Industry News

CGA Single Game Sports BettingThe online casino industry has been growing at such a rapid pace that many countries are choosing to embrace it.  

Over the past few years many countries have made changes to their legislation to create a more controlled iGaming environment.  

Recently the Canadian Gaming Association received backing from a prospective parliamentarian for single-game sports betting.

Future parliamentarian backs CGA 

In a recent announcement the Windsor West parliamentary candidate, Sandra Pupatello, stated that she will be backing the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA). In the announcement Pupatello said she will be championing CGA’s campaign to legalize single-game sports betting throughout Canada.  

CGA released an official press release last week Thursday calling for cross-party support for their crusade. In the release they detailed that Pupatello will stand as the Liberal Party candidate for the Southern Ontario constituency as part of the nation’s October 21 federal elections.  

In the release the Canadian Gaming Association declared that they agreed with the 57-year old former provincial representative who stated that there was no reason to hold back on the initiative. The initiative will allow punters to place single game wagers on sports as diverse as professional ice hockey and baseball.  

Deeper Insight 

According to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Gaming Association, Paul Burns, sports betting is already extremely popular in Canada. Burns used the press release to explain that punters in the region wager about $7.53 billion per year on sports betting. He went further stating that the amount regularly includes $3.01 billion in bets that have been placed with offshore websites. And that only about $377.08 million of these bets are placed via legal licensed operators.  

Burns expressed their delight in having Sandra Pupatello’s support and called on all parties to fight for the simple amendment. An amendment that was requested by provinces ten years ago and would massively benefit places like Windsor. According to Burns this change would provide provinces with the necessary tools to provide Canadians with safe and legal betting options. At the same time it will bring economic benefits such as jobs, flow to communities and provincial governments.  

Burns urged that it must not be lost out of sight how one small change can drive enormous benefits to the Canadian gaming industry and communities. This change will allow local punters to bet on the outcome of the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals or even World Series while benefiting the local economy. Burns stated that the Canadian Gaming Association has been advocating for single-event sports wagering for a decade and with all party support and assistance from the government the time for implementing it has come.  

More job opportunities 

According to the Canadian Gaming Association gaming touches almost every corner of the country and is responsible for about 182,500 jobs with average salaries of $49,100 per annum. The Association also stated that the industry regularly contributes about $6.88 billion to various charitable, provincial, community and aboriginal good causes every year. According to the Association the delay on implementing single-game wagering is threatening these benefits in many areas especially border communities such as Windsor.  

It is clear that allowing single-game sports betting throughout Canada will result in even more benefits for the government and locals.